Posted on Friday, October 24th, 2014 by Angie Han
With Devil’s Night just around the corner, now seems as good a time as any to check on The Crow reboot that’s been brewing for the past couple of years. In a recent interview, producer Ed Pressman revealed that the revenge thriller (which he describes as the “anti-Spider-Man”) was aiming to shoot early next year.
However, they have a few pieces they have to get in place first, including a lead actor. Hit the jump for the latest updates on The Crow remake.
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Briefly: The Crow is one of a few reboots that has had a very halting development process over the last few years. The James O’Barr comic, about murdered musician Eric Draven, who returns from the dead to avenge his killing, and that of his young wife, will reportedly star Luke Evans when cameras finally roll under the direction of by Spanish helmer F. Javier Gutiérrez.
A new rumor, from Schmoes Know, now says that The Walking Dead and Boondock Saints actor Norman Reedus is now set to play a guy named James in the reboot. Who is James? Good question! Given the roles that Reedus often plays, it’s easy to suspect he’ll be among the crew of malcreants that Draven faces upon his supernatural return to the land of the living. But given the dark world of the story, he could end up doing just about anything. And, frankly, given the number of times The Crow has faltered in the past, until an official start of production announcement hits there might not be much reason to ponder the question too deeply.
Let’s say you’re working on a remake of a fan-favorite project — one with such a faithful audience that the very notion of a remake is unwelcome. The best way to make everyone happy is (obviously) to make a good movie, but one strategy to manage the project’s image at an early stage is to get the original creator on board. Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell did a lot of stumping for the Evil Dead remake, for example, which definitely helped fans accept the project.
Now Relativity Media has hired The Crow creator James O’Barr as “creative consultant” on the company’s new adaptation of O’Barr’s ’90s comic series. The film hasn’t yet started shooting, and won’t until next year, but O’Barr, along with director F. Javier Gutierrez, will give comics fans a hint of their plans in just a couple weeks at Comic Con in San Diego. Read More »
Relativity Media’s reboot of The Crow has been a long time coming. Back in 2009 Stephen Norrington (Blade) was writing and set to direct. Nick Cave eventually rewrote the script, and Mark Wahlberg might have starred. But Norrington moved on, and thus began a cycle of new directors and actors being linked to the project. Juan Carlos Fresnadillo almost made the movie with Bradley Cooper starring, and then F. Javier Gutiérrez signed to direct, with Jesse Wigutow writing.
Actors from James McAvoy to Tom Hiddleston have been linked to the lead role since, but now we have a definitive choice to play murdered musician Eric Draven, who is brought back to Earth to avenge his death, and the murder of his fiancé. No, really. This one is going to happen. Read More »
Posted on Friday, April 19th, 2013 by Angie Han
Relativity’s remake of The Crow has gone through several potential leading men over the past couple of years. Bradley Cooper was attached for a while; when he left, Mark Wahlberg and Channing Tatum were eyed as replacements. As recently as February, James McAvoy was circling the project. Now, it’s Tom Hiddleston‘s turn to flirt with the role.
The Avengers actor is reportedly in early talks to play Eric Draven, the protagonist played by Brandon Lee in the 1994 movie. F. Javier Gutierrez is directing the new film.
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The remake of The Crow — which has director F. Javier Gutierrez attached — has gone through a few iterations over the past couple years. Stephen Norrington and Juan Carlos Fresnadillo have been in talks to direct, and actors such as Bradley Cooper and Mark Wahlberg have been attached to play the lead role, but eventually fell away. Neither guy seemed right to play musician Alex Draven, given supernatural life after death in order to avenge the murder of he and his girlfriend.
Now there’s a report that James McAvoy (Wanted, X-Men: First Class, Trance) is in talks to play the lead role. He’s certainly a much more suitable choice than other actors we’ve heard. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, January 24th, 2012 by Angie Han
Now that Relativity Media and The Weinstein Company have resolved their legal dispute over the remake of Alex Proyas‘ The Crow, it looks like the companies aren’t wasting any time getting the ball rolling. Hot on the heels of yesterday’s resolution announcement comes news that F. Javier Gutiérrez has been tapped to helm the project, while Jesse Wigutow is on the verge of closing a deal to write the script. More details after the jump.
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Posted on Monday, January 23rd, 2012 by Angie Han
The remake of Alex Proyas‘ The Crow has suffered numerous stops and starts since it was first announced a few years back, to the relief of fans uninterested in seeing a “gritty reboot” of the 1994 goth classic. However, it now appears that at least one of the roadblocks standing in its way has ceased to be, and that work on the film will resume in earnest.
Last year, The Weinstein Co. filed a lawsuit against Relativity, claiming that the latter had breached a contract giving TWC global rights to distribute the picture. But the two companies have now settled the lawsuit out court, and will reportedly “continue to work on the film together as planned.” Hooray. More details after the jump.
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